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WHY DO I NEED TO SET BOUNDARIES FOR MY CHILD?

Discipline has been wrongly applied by previous generations. Today, many households have “mini-democracies” where a child’s voice or opinion is equal to those of his/her parents. In some families, the child’s voice even takes over. In other families, certain parents will even fully sacrifice his or her own needs to

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NO CORPORAL PUNISHMENT – WHY NOT?

Throughout history, parents and teachers have hit children to try and teach them a lesson. Until the end of the last century, physical punishment of children was generally accepted worldwide. The use of physical punishment, such as spanking, is often a reactive response of adult frustration or anger. Parents who

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HOW DO I BUILD A SECURE ATTACHMENT WITH MY CHILD?

A preschooler waits for his mother’s reassuring smile before joining other children on the jungle gym. A one-year-old calms instantly when her dad lifts her onto his lap, even though he’s talking on the phone. An older child manages his stage fright when he sees his mom in the audience

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WHAT HAPPENS WHEN A CHILD HAS NOT FORMED A SECURE EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT

Attachment is the most important foundations for healthy development.  It is the deep and enduring connection established between a child and caregiver in the first several years of life.  Attachment is not something that parents do to their children, it is something that children and parents create together in an

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OUR RESPONSIBILITY – THE WELLBEING OF EVERYONE

Stop blaming your partner, parents, economy, your upbringing or the dog for your misfortune. Blaming makes you a victim and prevent you from changing your situation. When you stop blaming and accept responsibility, you shift from victim to victor. Now you can look at the situation and decide what to

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WE HAVE THE RESPONSIBILITY TO BRING CHANGE

New Year resolutions are part of a new year.  These are often made while secretly saying to oneself that it would anyhow never happen.  The problem is that this attitude makes us a victim of our own lives.  Negative thoughts not only poison your life but everyone around as well.

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How do I help the hungry during the holiday season?

Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our own problems that we forget there are people in our own communities–including children who sit alongside our kids in the classroom–who worry about simply having enough food to eat on a daily basis. The question is often where do I start or

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Recognising the warning signs that someone is being abused

It is a sad fact that statistically South African women have more to fear from people they know than from strangers. It’s impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some sure signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence. If you witness

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Why do men abuse women?

Why do men abuse women? There’s no one answer, but research around the world have repeatedly shown that boys who were abused as children are significantly more likely to be violent adults. One such study, conducted by the University of the Witwatersrand’s public health department and the social justice organisation Sonke

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